Trump and populist legacies

Yesterday, Miles Coleman of the University of Virginia Center for Politics tweeted a photo of an old newspaper with the headline “Effort Being Made to Impeach Gov. Long.” The article refers to Huey Long, the governor and US Senator of Louisiana who ruled the state...
What’s the matter with North Carolina?

What’s the matter with North Carolina?

Last week, the Republicans in the Kansas legislature reached an agreement with the Democratic governor to expand Medicaid. Today, the North Carolina legislature goes back into session. Maybe we could see a similar agreement here.  If the agreement goes through,...

Bloomberg’s transformative campaign

Bloomberg’s transformative campaign

Nothing highlights the importance of North Carolina in national politics like the massive presence of the Bloomberg presidential campaign in the state. Bloomberg himself has been here twice since he launched his campaign just two months ago. More telling, though, is...

Just doing his job–and a lot more

Just doing his job–and a lot more

A number of progressives are complaining about Attorney General Josh Stein defending the voter ID law in court. They should get over it. He’s just doing the job he was elected to do.  No attorney general agrees with every law he or she has to defend, but the job...

A sad little man

A sad little man

I suspect that at some point, Thom Tillis had a modicum of self-respect. I also suspect that those days are long forgotten. Today, he debases himself regularly trying to stay in the good graces of the con man in the White House.  This weekend, he tweeted, “Eric...

The most impressive campaign

The most impressive campaign

In a post I wrote last week, I said that I didn’t think Pete Buttigieg could win North Carolina because the state isn’t ready to elect a gay man president. I should have said more. I don’t believe Buttigieg can win North Carolina and I don’t believe he will be the...

2020 predictions

2020 predictions

With the beginning of a new decade as well as a new year, I’ll venture into a few predictions. After the election of Donald Trump, I no longer have a lot of confidence in my ability to predict the electorate. That said, here goes. First, for the next decade. I predict...

Political stars of 2019

Political stars of 2019

In North Carolina, the political stars of 2019 were the Democrats in the North Carolina House and Senate. They showed that they’ve learned how to be a minority party. They upheld the Governor’s veto time and again without losing the news narrative. In the process,...

The civil wars within the parties

The civil wars within the parties

As the country goes through another political realignment, the two parties are engaged in civil wars that could reshape them both. On the Republican side, the war seems to be over. Trump and the populists won. On the Democratic side, the battle is still raging. This...

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